Archive for Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Bi-partisan discomfort with Brownback’s school finance plan expressed

January 11, 2012


— Bi-partisan discomfort with Gov. Sam Brownback's school finance plan emerged Wednesday on the State Board of Education.

Education Board member Ken Willard, a Republican from Hutchinson, who has voiced support of Brownback's school funding proposal, pushed for approval of a motion that applauded the governor's efforts.

Willard's motion received support from five Republicans on the board, but two Democrats opposed it and two Republicans and one Democrat abstained from voting. That killed the motion, leaving it one vote short of the six votes required for approval on the10-member board.

Willard's motion read: "Be it moved that the State Board of Education approves the efforts of the governor's office to craft a new school finance formula based upon input from a broad spectrum of Kansas business and education leaders."

Willard described his motion as a non-political expression of appreciation for Brownback, a Republican, for keeping the board in the loop on his school finance plan. John Bacon, a Republican from Olathe, supported Willard's motion, saying, "I don't understand why people would want to snub their nose at the governor."

But Jana Shaver, a Republican from Independence, said she disagreed with the part of Brownback's school finance plan that moves some of the responsibility for funding schools from the state to the local level.

"I cannot support an effort to push funding to the local level," she said.

Sally Cauble, a Republican from Liberal, said she was unsure whether the state needed a new school finance formula.

Janet Waugh, a Democrat from Kansas City, said Brownback's plan would have a negative impact on some of her school districts.

Carolyn Campbell, a Democrat from Topeka, wanted the board to delay a vote on Willard's proposal, until the board could hear from Democrats who unveiled an alternative proposal on Tuesday. But that was shot down.

Voting for Willard's motion were Willard, Bacon, Walt Chappell of Wichita, Kathy Martin of Clay Center and David Dennis of Wichita, all Republicans. Voting against were Campbell and Waugh. Abstaining were Cauble, Shaver and Democrat Sue Storm of Overland Park.

The board later unanimously approved expressing appreciation for Brownback's new career and technical education initiative.


onemansopinion 6 years, 4 months ago

Does the governor feel that he needs a special declaration honoring him for doing his job? Shouldn't we instead be asking our Republican-majority elected leaders to stop wasting taxpayer money recognizing the governor for something this basic?

Richard Heckler 6 years, 4 months ago

If Gov Brownback and Koch money get their way there will not any republicans in the state office buildings.

Gov Brownback and Koch money will simply replace republicans with RINO's like themselves.

JackMcKee 6 years, 4 months ago

There goes two pillars of Brownbacks plan to wreck Kansas.

kansanjayhawk 6 years, 4 months ago

Wow--we need to really wake up and face reality--more that 65 cents of every dollar spent in the State budget goes to education--the problem is how we prioritize this spending! We need to get more money into the classroom and reduce bloated educational bureacracy! Reducing administrative costs and consolidating administrative offices for multiple districts would be a great start. We also need to hold the line on the amount we are paying top Administrators in various districts!

jafs 6 years, 4 months ago

I'd love to see a source for that claim of 65 cents on the dollar.

And, you can see that moderate Republicans don't always agree with much more conservative ones, right?

kansanjayhawk 6 years, 4 months ago

why don't you call your State legislator and ask him about that statistic? Why don't you call the Kansas Department of Education and ask them? Why don't you do a little research yourself--and then maybe you can really know the fact about the exact percentage-- ?

oldbaldguy 6 years, 4 months ago

This is why the State Board of Education needs to be independent of the Governor. Looks like they are doing their job.

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